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Mushroom Tree

A newspaper clipping from 1980

The Mushroom Tree is actually a hawthorn tree which has been pruned in the shape of a mushroom for more than 60 years.

It was Albert Bates, who lived in the flint and brick Thornbury Cottage opposite the tree with his wife, Ada, who adopted the tree.

The couple regularly trimmed the tree and surrounding grass and on warm summer days sat beneath the tree to watch the world go by.

After Albert and his wife died the tree was mysteriously tended with an annual cut for several years but eventually stopped.

The mushroom tree restoredWithout pruning the tree started to revert back to a more natural shape. Fortunately, in 2003 the Parish Council paid for the tree to be reshaped in order that a local landmark was not lost forever.

Now, an annual cut ensures that Albert’s pride and joy is once more a local feature.

The Umbrella Tree has a similar story to tell.

Getting There

Park carefully in the village and walk to this special tree



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